Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Plate with Hannibal's Army Crossing the River Ebro

Plate with Hannibal's Army Crossing the River Ebro

Workshop of Guido Durantino, Italian (active Urbino), documented 1516 - 1576

Made in Urbino, Italy, Europe

c. 1540-1560

Tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)

2 1/8 x 12 3/4 inches (5.4 x 32.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 250, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. The Howard I. and Janet H. Stein Collection, 2009

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This plate is from a large and impressive service decorated with events from the life of the Carthaginian general Hannibal. The blank area at the top of the rim was likely intended to hold the coat of arms of the family who commissioned the service. The complexity of the composition, and a rhyming explanatory couplet on the back of this plate and other pieces from the set, suggest the importance of the commission and the probable wealth and influence of the unknown patron. Couplet: Annibale passato il fiume Ibero, / Piu Terre acquista a l'Africaon / impero. (Translation: Hannibal crosses the River Ebro to acquire more territory for the African empire.)

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